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How to fill a Team Hope Shoe Box
How to fill a Team Hope Shoe Box Every year our family endeavor to fill several shoe boxes for Team Hope. These shoe boxes go to children around the world who won’t be receiving other Christmas ...
Toy Review – Decoupage Made Easy Owl
It was my daughter’s 7th birthday in August and she received some really lovely gifts, including a Decoupage Made Easy Kit.  It was a great gift for her as, when she was younger she loved doing ...
Space Toys to Celebrate Space Week
This is Space Week (4th – 11th October) and to do my part, I’ve decided to show off any space-related toys that I stock. Stargazer Lottie is a Lottie Doll that comes with a doll-sized tele ...
Magnetic Toys for All Ages
Magnets have always been very popular toys and I feel like they are in greater demand than ever. If your child loves thinking scientifically or you just like fun games where the pieces all stay in on ...
Top 7 Dinosaur Toys and Crafts
Dinosaurs are very popular for boys and girls and there are loads of toys to help spark imaginary play and learning. Here are 7 of my favourite dinosaur toys that I stock on my website. 1 The Dinosaur ...
Bottle Sand Art – Toy Review
Over the summer holidays, I allowed my girls to choose one toy each which we would review together. Typically, they both choose the same toy! They had been eyeing up the Bottle Sand Art for some month ...
12 Great Reasons to Shop Online
Most people don’t need to be convinced about online shopping, but if you are one of those people who is a reluctant online shopper, take a quick look at these 12 great reasons to shop online, th ...
Diary of a Hatching Chick!
Day 1 Hi, I’m chicky and I’m a hatching egg toy. Well, actually, I’m a chick in a hatching egg! I’ve arrived with my owner. She can’t see me and I can’t see her, b ...
Birthday Present Ideas for 2 Year Old Boys
I recently received an e-mail asking for toy advice and suggestions for a little boy who was turning 2. The customer wanted to spend €15 or less. Since I put quite a bit of work into the reply, I th ...
Toy Review – Fischer Tips
It was a rainy day and the girls were getting bored, which meant they were fighting non-stop. I stopped what I was doing and took a deep breath. This is usually followed with some cross words about ho ...
Implementing A ‘Bored Box’
We are nearly finished our first week of the school holidays. I always look forward to my children being off school. After all, it means no more rushing in the mornings, having to prepare school lunch ...
10% Off Djeco Toys This Week
This week there is a 10% discount on Djeco Toys and Games, so don’t miss out on a great bargain! Offer ends on Monday 2nd July. Djeco is a French brand of toys and they certainly have an ‘ ...
Travel Toys For School Aged Children
In April, I wrote a very popular blog on ‘Travel Toys for Pre-School Aged Children‘ and now, with the school holidays looming, I thought I’d write one with older children in mind. So ...
Toy Review : FabLab Hairlights
Anyone else have an eight-year-old who acts like she’s 14? Mine spends ages getting ready every day and changes outfits several times before nightfall! So, when she spotted the FabLab Hairlights ...
8 Great Outdoor Toys for Summer 2018
Last weekend we got our first taste of Summer and wasn’t it lovely? I bet your kids loved going outside and playing. We looked through our box of outdoor toys and gave it a bit of a Spring Clean ...
Make your own Slime
Oh, how I hate slime! But what I hate more is my kids regular attempts at making their own slime from my flour, sugar, food colouring and other ingredients. It ends up so messy and is slimy for about ...
9 Travel Toys for Preschool Aged Children
A good customer sent me this message last week and I thought I’d reply here so that more people can benefit. We have a couple of breaks away planned in May, & must get some travel toys for L ...
Toy Review – Teddy in a Tin
Last January, my 6-year-old was eager to spend some of her Christmas money, so I brought her into Dundrum to choose some clothes and one toy. She chose a Teddy in a Tin craft set and I was so impresse ...
Magnetic Putty Peeps is Safe for Children
Recently there has been a lot of media coverage over some magnetic putty that was purchased on Amazon and which had dangerous levels of arsenic in it. This press coverage has damaged the reputation of ...
Wooden Puzzles for Young Children
I got an Instagram message last week asking what wooden puzzles I had in stock. Since I spent time writing a reply, I thought I’d post it here too, as maybe other people will benefit this way w ...
Putty Peeps in Carpet HELP!!!
I received this e-mail yesterday…. Hi,  My daughter got putty for Christmas and loves it. Unfortunately, a pot has been found today overturned on our carpet. How can I best remove this without ...
6 Delivery Questions
At this time of year, lots of people message me with delivery questions, so I thought I’d publish the most common questions and answers… Will I have my order by Christmas? You can only ord ...
Toy Review : Create a Geode
Science toys are hugely popular at the moment. I am not particularly ‘sciency’ but my eight-year-old daughter loves experimenting and making concoctions! When she saw this Ultimate Science ...
Top 10 Stocking Fillers
This is the time of year when my cheaper range of toys flies out. I call these my pocket money toys or my stocking fillers. Here are my top 10 best selling stocking fillers for 2017…. Flying Gli ...
8 Arts and Craft Activities for Girls
Back in May, I wrote a blog ‘8 Art and Craft Activities for Boys’, so I thought I should follow it up with a similar one for girls. Most arts and crafts suit both boys and girls, however, often th ...
Toy Review – Lottie Doll Stables
When Lottie Dolls came onto the market, one of the first items my daughters wanted was Seren, the Pony. Since then, we have added to our Lottie collection, but Seren has always had a prominent place i ...
5 Tips When Choosing a Dolls House
I got this lovely message from a customer today and I thought I’d share my answer here, as I’m sure many of you are asking questions like these at this time of year. “Can you please ...
10 Toys for Children with Special Needs
All kids have different needs and abilities and some need a lot more focused help and special toys to help them develop skill sets that come naturally to other kids. The interesting thing about some o ...
Toys that Help Develop Gross Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills are the movement and coordination of larger body parts like arms and legs. For most children, this comes naturally, but for others, it needs to be encouraged and helped along. Gross ...
7 Quiet Activities for 3-Year-Olds
My sister has a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. During term time, her daughter gets to sleep in peace in the morning as her son is at playschool. However, now that he is on his school holida ...
Boys Toys Ireland
When I opened my online children’s toy shop nearly 3 years ago now, I was determined not to categorize my toys into gender specific toys. After all, brothers and sisters play with each other’s toy ...
GoKi Toys and the Environment
If you haven’t already figured out, I’m a huge lover of wooden toys. However, as with all things wooden, the wood needs to come from trees and if we don’t act responsibly, our forest ...
Shopkins Themed Birthday Party Ideas
Last month my 5-year-old attended a Shopkins themed birthday party and she came home buzzing from it.  Although I don’t stock Shopkins, I like posting blogs that parents can get inspiration fro ...
8 Art and Craft Activities for Boys
The summer holidays are just around the corner and I know we are all hoping for gorgeous weather, but the reality is that we live in Ireland! This means, that we’ll have more than our fair share ...
Travel Games for 6-9 Year Olds
Hi Suzie, Its my god daughters Birthday this week and she is heading to America in a couple of weeks, so I wanted to get her some bits and pieces for the plane journey. Would you have any travel games ...
4 Essentials at an Easter Party
Every year, my sister-in-law hosts an amazing Easter party for all the cousins to get together and have some fun. She is a brilliant event organiser and puts a lot of work and creativity into her part ...
3 Easter Gift Ideas
Easter is just around the corner now and it’s becoming more common to give gifts, often instead of a chocolate egg but sometimes with one. I’ve put together a little list of some Easter gi ...
5 Ways to Spring Clean Toys
I think most of us can agree that a lot of children in Ireland have too many toys, my own children included. There is so much choice over what to play with, that they don’t know where to start o ...
10 Toys that Encourage Language Development
A friend of mine, who works as a Speech and Language Therapist, recently suggested that I should write a blog highlighting some of my toys that would encourage language development. I was reluctant at ...
6 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas
I got an e-mail enquiry today looking for ideas for their child’s birthday party. Here’s what it said: Hi Susie,  Looking to purchase the Scratch bookmarks again but I see they are out of ...
Shipping Queries
  I regularly get questions regarding shipping/delivery, some of which aren’t answered in my Shipping and Delivery Policy, so I thought I’d address them here today.   Why hasn ...
The 6 Best Selling Toys in 2016
Happy New Year. I hope it’s started well for you all. I’ve had a really lovely start – super relaxing! But, I felt it was time to do some work again and what’s nicer than to re ...
Gift Ideas for 5 Year Old Girls
If you read my previous blog, you’ll know that my youngest daughter turned five last weekend and we celebrated with a small party at home. She got some really lovely gifts and I thought I’ ...
New Melissa & Doug Toys Have Arrived
Every year I add to my Melissa & Doug range of toys and this year is no different. When their catalogue arrives through my letter box in January, I marvel at the lovely toys they make and put toge ...
New Legler Wooden Toys Due in Any Day Now!
I stock some lovely wooden toys from a German toy company called Legler. Many of my lines have been sold out for some time now but this week, I’m hoping a delivery will arrive to re-stock those ...
Popzle Cards Have Multiple Uses
Following on from last week’s well read Blog, guest blogger and owner of Popzle, Amy Sherwin, has agreed to do a follow-on blog, explaining how Popzle 3D pop-out cards have multiple uses. She wr ...
5 Ideas for Christening Gifts
What do I give as a Christening Gift? 5 Ideas for Christening Gifts I’m not sure if you’re like me and you don’t know what is really expected from you when you are invited to a Chris ...
4M Toys and Kits for Children
Who are 4M? 4M is a British company that was established in 1993. Since then the company has grown in size and reputation. Known to produce top quality science kits and creative kits for older childre ...
5 Inspiring Kinetic Sand Creations
As many of you know, my family are big kinetic sand fans and with mid term approaching, I decided to spend a little while looking online for some new ideas of things to do with our kinetic sand. I tho ...
What are Augmented Reality 4D+ flashcards?
Back in December, two people recommended to me to stock augmented reality 4D+ flashcards. Thankfully the first person showed them to me, otherwise, I wouldn’t have had a clue what they were talk ...
Dolls Houses
Often people ask me about dolls houses – so being a mother of two ‘doll loving’ girls and owning an online toyshop, I thought I’d take a few moments and write a short blog expl ...
2015’s Best Selling Toys
Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is a great one for you. 2015 was my first full year in business and I’m delighted with how it went. Regularly people ask me what are my best selling toys and games, a ...
My first experience with Kinetic Sand
About a month ago, a customer sent me an e-mail asking if I would consider stocking Kinetic Sand. I’d heard of it but I’d never seen it first hand, so I decided, before committing to stock ...
Halloween Costumes
I recently spotted this picture on Facebook and it made me think about Halloween Costumes. If you visit my shop, you will see a selection of boy’s Halloween costumes but very few for girls.  I ...
Why I opened an online Toy Shop
In 2009, I had my first daughter and after my maternity leave ended, I decided that I didn’t want to return to work as a Youth Work Director, so, we tightened our budget and I enjoyed being a SA ...
New Melissa and Doug Toys Coming Soon!
I have just placed an order with Melissa and Doug and I’m so excited about them arriving – that I can’t keep it to myself any more! I’ve ordered a few new products to me and I& ...
Best gifts for 4 year old girls!
When was the last time you had to buy a 4 year old a gift? Do you struggle to know what to buy and how much to spend? My youngest daughter turned four recently, so I thought I’d write a blog to ...
Best Toys for Parent and Toddler Groups
Over the past five years, I have been part of a team that organises two large Parent and Toddler Groups in Greystones. Over that time, we have seen lots of toys enter our building and leave in black s ...
Making our own outdoor Fairy House
Recently I brought my daughters to visit a Fairy House that I used to visit as a child. It involved  a short trek up a mountain and though a very thin path, but was worth it! When we started our adve ...
Do your kids play with your old toys?
I remember waking up on Christmas Day to find a set of doll’s wooden bunk beds at the end of my bed. I was thrilled. My doll (I only remember having one) was called Irene and my sister’s d ...
10% discount code
Well, I’m always a little confused over what month starts summer! Is Summer May, June and July? I really should have googled this before starting to write this blog! Anyway, in my mind, summer h ...
Why I love games!
I was browsing through a toy catalogue last week, putting together a new order of toys and I came across a retro toy that flooded me with memories. It was a plastic version of Beetle Drive. My aunt, w ...